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^our posts crossed, Meade. CONGRATS! Nice factory bags! The fastest color, too. How many miles?

These VFR's can be tweaked to please. ...sport touring or more sporty (as i did), meanwhile does it all well.

Hey, what are your impressions of THAT powerplant?

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Smile Last real VFR

IMO this is the last Good VFR before it got too fat and lazy.

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^our posts crossed, Meade. CONGRATS! Nice factory bags! The fastest color, too. How many miles?

These VFR's can be tweaked to please. ...sport touring or more sporty (as i did), meanwhile does it all well.

Hey, what are your impressions of THAT powerplant?
Thanks! They're Corbin Beetle bags, not factory, but close to it. Starting out with 42,000, two owner. There will be some things to replace I'm sure, and I'll do some preventative maintenance, but it has everything I want: ohlins shock, racetech springs, gpr stabilizer, sargent 2pc seat, heated grips, etc.

I'm definitely impressed with it! I've really enjoyed every V4 bike I've ridden. The 5th gen is very smooth, and has most of its power up top it seems like, which I think is more fun.
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I've yet to ride a VFR.


A scots bike mechanic and shop owner here has had a lovely 1998 black one for sale for close to three years now at $3000.


Maybe I'll manage to get a ride on it. He not keen on test pilots though and we don't yet know each other well.


The RWB is beautiful. My flat mate at age 17 had a lovely CBR250RR in RWB from the early 90's. Mini blades we called them. Four tiny cylinders and sixteen tiny valves. Kept up with everything until around 100mph & couldn't be beat on tight Irish coastal and mountain roads.


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IMO this is the last Good VFR before it got too fat and lazy.

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OK I resized ,dragged ,and dropped and I got nothing


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another very tasty classic, factory white 1993 750
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That is tasty...

A not red one.

Yes, I'm odd. Not a red fan.
When the F4i came out in '01...... mmm the yellow.
Neither the silver nor the red worked for me... just the yellow.

But the EX needs to be black.
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DORMANT project? wha happened?
Nothing. Nothing at all. Hence referring to it as dormant. I've just had too much other life stuff going on lately, combined with indecision (still) on exactly what I want to do with it. Some day I'll get around to making up my mind and actually getting it on the road again. MI's no-fault insurance stuff hits you hard for having multiple vehicles, which doesn't exactly make me move any faster (the VFR is the fifth vehicle in my garage at the moment, though only the Volt and Ninja are currently registered).


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Dealers were giving their leftover stock away 6 or 7 years ago. I think they were retailing for $7k at most brand new in the crate 2 or 3 years old. I almost bought one, but don't like clip-ons.
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I owned one o' these many years ago....I remember pulling up a lawn chair, cracking a beer and gazing at it in my garage. Another very pleasing to the eyes.

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Nice bike duc. A friend had an '82 looked like the one in the pic below. It was crazy fast.


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Your friends' was a mid 80's GS750ES? I believe thats the generation after mine.

The GS's were fast in their day, but overweight, slow, rare dinosaurs today. The 1000S was old school tall and heavy, from another lifetime. Lordy...37 years ago.

Around the time I got my Ducati I was up to 4 in the garage, prompting the sale. Becoming a "collector" just not practical for me.

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The 1000S was old school tall and heavy,
With the typical Japanese rubber frame of the period....
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In a straight line was smooth and comfy...the sheer engine weight didn't help...put a lotta stress on that rubber frame. Suspension was neanderthal.

Speaking of rubber...the "hot" street tires back then were Dunlop K81 or 91's and Continental or (terrible) originals. Fewer choices way back then compared to today.

Specs say 525 *dry*, I distinctly remember it being an armload. After buying the Ducati, the decision to sell became a no brainer.

The march of time.

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My friends was an 1100 '82 or '83, the model year right before the GSX-R IIRC. It was fast (in it's day) but a pig in the corners.

The back story is another friends older brother bought it new, rode it for a couple of months crashed and parked it. My friend (the younger bro) bought it rode it for about a week and decided it was too big for him. He then sold it to friend #3 about a year later that's when I rode it for the first time.

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GS750/1000/1100 were def an armload...inspiring the lighter GSXR series...750 debuted in '85?

That big stuff made me aware both of my smaller stature and of the attributes of lower weight, smaller bikes.

Thus, Ducati (still) in my life. Don't even get me started...

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That big stuff made me aware both of my smaller stature and of the attributes of lower weight, smaller bikes.
Story of my life

I want a VMAX so bad, but I can hardly tip toe the new generation since its such a wide seat. 29" inseam makes it difficult. I'll find a way to make it work when I really want to buy one.
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^ what a behemoth #683 wet, no thank you

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Wow, I had no idea they were that heavy. That's 100 lbs more than the Connie, which is already a tank, IMO.
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^ what a behemoth #683 wet, no thank you
I love the idea and concept of the bike: a muscle bike. I'll have one in a couple years, it's on my list of bikes to own. I can make it work.
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I remember the day I first saw a V-Max, in a Yamaha dealership in '85. In those days, that bike seemed like it was from another planet. I looked it over and just said, "whoa, this thing's a hot rod'', not because it looked fast (which it did), but because it looked like a hot rod.
One of the big bike magazines of the day had a byline on their road test "Motorcycling's answer to the Titan IV rocket'. For those of you too young to know, that's the rocket (from the Titan to the Titan IV) that launched every US spacecraft.
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the 1st generation vmax had some weird carburetor setup..Yamaha marketed as V boost. An early version of "ride by wire"?

V-Boost[edit]
V-Boost is a system that opens butterfly valves in the intake manifold between the 1st and 2nd and between the 3rd and 4th cylinders starting from 5,750 rpm. The valves are opened gradually to match the rising engine speed with a signal provided by the ignition system. The valves are at the full open position at 8,000 rpm. A small black box sends a computed signal to a servo motor that pulls a wire to open the butterfly valves.

saw a set of reman v max carbs on ebay $799. ouch.

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If I remember right, V-Boost effectively shortens the intake runner for a cylinder on its intake stroke, giving it higher specific output at high RPM. Pretty cool technology, especially for use in a V4 with inboard intakes. Lots of engines use variable length runners (or effective systems), but they have much more space. Here's a website where you can play around to calculate the optimal runner length at different RPMs and runner area: http://www.wallaceracing.com/runnertorquecalc.php

edit: Wait no, that's for the new VMAX. The old V-Boost was apparently just to feed more fuel.

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nope. vboost allowed each cylinder to draw from two carburetors above a certain rpm
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nope. vboost allowed each cylinder to draw from two carburetors above a certain rpm
See my edit, I realized it after the fact for the carbed version.
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